Bill Kennedy says his Manhattan bicycle team will raise more money than any two Lawrence teams combined in this weekend's Multiple Sclerosis 150 Bike Tour.
"We'll swamp them," Kennedy said.
Kennedy said if any two Lawrence teams raise more funds for MS than his Team Pathfinder, then one member from the Lawrence teams will get a free night in a Manhattan hotel and a fancy dinner at a Manhattan restaurant.
When Lisa Rasor, leader of Lawrence team Lickety Split, heard that, she responded: "Like that's any incentive. Why would I want to go to Manhattan?"
But Rasor said Lickety Split will try to shut Kennedy's team down and shut Kennedy up.
Both were bragging and jibing tongue-in-cheek.
"I think it would be wonderful if they did beat us. It would mean more money for MS," said Kennedy, who is the Riley County attorney.
The two-day bike tour is the major fund-raiser for the eastern Kansas branch of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, said Sheri Daudet, branch manager.
Last year, some 450 riders on the tour raised $140,000. This weekend, officials hope to raise $154,000, Daudet said.
Kennedy's Team Pathfinder led the fund-raisers last year with $15,000.
Riders must pledge at least $150 to participate. The registration fee is $50.
Participants can register with the eastern Kansas branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society at (785) 272-5292 or at the tour.
The 150-mile tour starts at 7 a.m. Saturday at Washburn-Rural High School in Topeka, goes around Clinton and Lone Star lakes and ends at Southwest Junior High in Lawrence. Sunday, riders go back around Clinton Lake to Lecompton and around Lake Perry and end at Perry-Lecompton High School.